Artists in the exhibition: Robert G. Stevenson, Jr., Douglas Parker, Gabriel Dice, Robert Dice
Jeff Romek, Jim Strawn, Junko Glawe, Kim Blackford, Steve Stonehouse, Trevor Amery
Vincent Robles, David Krimmel & Wendell Kling's sculpture class from Mesa College
The Bonita Museum & Cultural Center celebrate local craftspeople during our first annual exhibition in wood. Visitors can find traditional handmade reproduction furniture from the 18th Century as well as 21st Century contemporary sculpture and furniture in the medium of wood.
Artists in the exhibition include Bonita residents Robert G. Stevenson, Jr. and Jim Strawn. Stevenson is known for his reproductions of period masterpieces including Federal “bench made” 1760’s to 1800’s era reproductions using tools that have been passed down several generations. His period pieces are made using hand joinery such as mortise and tenon and dovetails. Jim Strawn will be also be displaying his inventive small ukuleles and banjos using a variety of local and tropical woods. The museum's woodshop masters Steve and Liz Stonehouse will show their functional houseware.
The exhibition has a strong showing from Mesa College with artwork from Trevor Amery and student work from the sculpture class of Professor Wendell Kling. San Diego artist Vincent Robles will show multiple pieces that engages with materials through a process of deconstructing and reconstructing to create a formal nature. Through this physical act of tearing, cutting, removing pieces, exposing surfaces and breaking down said material, a new physical and psychological relationship is discovered with the material and process.
Artworks by the Dice family, the late Robert Dice and his son Gabriel from Normal Heights, will bring us into the groovy 1970’s era of organic San Diego woodworking. Also from Normal Heights, artist David Krimmel brings functionality to his multiples. Retired Natural History Museum woodworker Kim Blackford will show us what he has been working on in Borrego Springs since retirement. Woodworkers never retire.
Also in the exhibition find the work of Douglas Parker, Jeff Romek, and Junko Glawe. The exhibition includes antique planes, tools and hand drills from the Bonita museum collection. The exhibition closes on July 31st. 2020.
About the Museum
Museum features exhibits of local history and fine arts. Stories of Bonita's 100-year history are told with artifacts, photographs. Displays include Native American culture, lemon orchard period, events of the flood of 1916, and transformation of family life by technology.
The Bonita Museum & Cultural Center was established in 1987 as a Bonitafest event, located in a storefront along Bonita Road. In 1992, through the generosity of the Bonita-Sunnyside Fire Protection District, the museum moved into the old fire house. The museum moved to it's permanent location at the Civic Center in 2006, thanks to the County of San Diego and the Bonita-Sunnyside community.
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